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Below are a list of helpful links by category.

Teaching & Learning Tools

Quick links to tips, trick and online tools you can use in your courses.

Padlets are collaborative bulletin boards on which students can add images, comments, and ideas. Great for online brainstorming and collaboration.


FlipGrid is an easy way to incorporate student video comments in your course. A great alternative to Discussion Boards!


This blog is a great collection of tutorials and introductions to various tools, websites, and techniques that can help with your teaching.


This online calculator helps you determine the amount of time it will take students to complete the work you've assigned. Applicable to both face-to-face and online courses.


Rubistar is a free tool to help educators create quality rubrics.


Microsoft Office 365 has several apps that be very helpful. Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Microsoft Forms are just a few of the apps available. All OCU faculty, staff and students can log into Mirosoft 365 using their OCU credentials.


Google Docs and Forms can be easily linked within D2L, and they provide you easy ways for students to collaborate in a non-linear format and to collect non-graded responses from students in real time.



Teaching & Learning Websites

Websites, Blogs and Podcasts that offer many articles and resources to support teaching and learning.

Find resources to help you implement project-based learning, social and emotional learning, comprehensive assessment, teacher development, integrated studies, and technology integration.


The Teaching Online Podcast (TOPcast), hosted by Dr. Thomas Cavanagh and Dr. Kelvin Thompson, is a monthly podcast for online and blended learning professionals conducted over a shared cup of coffee.

TOPcast (Teaching Online Podcast)

You can listen to Teaching in Higher Ed using your preferred podcasting app/service, or listen via this site.

Teaching in Higher Ed

Through its free e-newsletter and dedicated website, Faculty Focus publishes articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom — face-to-face, online, blended, or flipped.


HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is an interdisciplinary community of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists that are changing the way we teach and learn. The 13,000+ members from over 400+ affiliate organizations share news, tools, research, insights, pedagogy, methods, and projects--including Digital Humanities and other born-digital scholarship--and collaborate on various HASTAC initiatives.


Instruction by Design, your podcast to the art of teaching, is a conversation between the instructional designers from Academic Innovation (Steven Crawford, Jinnette Senecal, Celia Coochwytewa, and Aaron Kraft) about various topics on course design, pedagogy, and educational technology. Our goal for the podcast is to explore ideas for new practices and tools for implementation in your courses.

Instruction by Design

The MERLOT Pedagogy Portal is designed to help you learn about the variety of instructional strategies and issues that could help you become a better teacher. The resources you’ll find in the Pedagogy Portal should apply to teaching a variety of disciplines.


Teaching & Learning Organizations

National and International Organizations that support college and university educators.

The website of The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) – an association of educators, by educators, for educators.


ICED, The International Consortium for Educational Development, promotes educational and academic development in higher education world-wide. ICED is a network whose members are themselves national organizations or networks concerned with promoting good practice in higher education.


The International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning encourages the study of instruction and principles of learning in order to implement practical, effective methods of teaching and learning; promote the application, development, and evaluation of such methods; and foster the scholarship of teaching and learning among practicing post-secondary educators. Society members are drawn from the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, nursing, business, education, and other disciplines and share a commitment to improving the quality of their teaching and the quality of their students’ learning.


The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work. The goal of the Society is to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching.


A series of conferences on college and university teaching and learning focusing on evidence-based teaching and learning.


The Chronicle of Higher Education is a newspaper and website that presents news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty and student affairs professionals. A subscription is required to read some articles.


The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education is devoted to improving teaching and learning in higher education. Founded in 1976, POD provides its members with personal and academic relationships that are essential for professional growth.

Central to POD’s philosophy is lifelong, holistic, personal, and professional learning, growth, and change for the higher education community.


Professional & Personal Wellness

Resources that focus on the professional and personal wellness of all educators.

The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) is a multidisciplinary academic association with an international membership of educators, administrators, staff, students, researchers and other professionals committed to the transformation of higher education through the recovery and development of the contemplative dimensions of teaching, learning and knowing.


AME is a collaborative association of organizations and individuals working together to provide support for mindfulness training as a component of K-12 education.


CARE is a unique program designed to help teachers reduce stress and enliven their teaching by promoting awareness, presence, compassion, reflection, and inspiration – the inner resources they need to help students flourish, socially, emotionally, and academically.


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